Cruise gift ideas

Cruise gift ideas

19th November 2019 1 By Cruise Mummy

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Are you looking for gifts for cruise lovers in the UK? Well, this list of the best gifts for people who go on cruises should certainly give you some ideas.

Whether you’re looking for cruise gifts for friends, mum and dad or the kids, I’ve done all the research for you to put together a list of interesting cruise-themed gifts. Whether you want a practical present for someone going on a cruise, or cruise ship-themed gifts for cruise addicts, I’ve got you covered.

What type of cruise gift are you looking for?

Nautical gifts

There are so many cute nautical themed gifts to buy online, which include anchor themed and cruise ship themed gifts. You can also find some personalised anchor gifts which adds a lovely thoughtful touch. If you’re looking for cheap nautical gifts or something a bit more special, take a look at these….

Nautical gifts for her

Silver anchor bracelet

Anchor jewellery has become a really popular trend. More than just symbolising a love of the ocean, it’s also a sign of strength and stability. This sterling silver bracelet is beautiful and would make a welcome addition to any Christmas stocking.


Anchor shopping bag

As we all do our bit for the environment, cotton shopping bags are a must for 2019. This anchor shopping bag is great quality so will last for years to come. It’s perfect to take on a cruise to store your new souvenirs.


Anchor passport holder and travel wallet

With space for your passport, credit cards, travel documents and pen, this travel wallet has a compartment for everything you need. It comes in a lovely gift box. Not sure about the design? There are about 12 different nautical designs to choose from!


Nautical gifts for him

Cruise ship cufflinks

Providing a unique talking point for formal nights, these cruise ship cufflinks are perfect for cruise addicts. They’re silver-plated and come in a smart gift box.


Eat Sleep Cruise Repeat’ t-shirt

There are loads of fun cruise t-shirts on Amazon. I particularly like this Eat, Sleep, Cruise, Repeat t-shirt. For a Christmas cruise, a ‘Merry Cruisemas’ t-shirt could be fun. You can also find some really jazzy shirts which would be ideal for Tropical Night on-board a cruise ship.


Port and starboard socks

Can you remember which is which? These socks should help. These men’s nautical socks are a great stocking filler for any dads or grandads who like to cruise.


Nautical gifts for kids

Famous ships Top Trumps card game

This entertaining Top Trumps card game is great for kids and cruise geek adults alike. Each ship has a score for year, length, speed, beauty and crew. There are also fun facts about each ship; Did you know what Allure of the Seas is two inches shorter than her sister ship Oasis of the Seas? I want this gift so much that I’ve added it to my work Secret Santa wishlist!


P&O Cruises colouring book

This is another gift which I’ve put in the list of cruise gifts for kids, but actually, many adults would love too. This beautiful colouring book celebrates the history of P&O Cruises with interiors and exteriors of ships past and present to colour in. There’s also a Cunard version.


Cruise ship jigsaw puzzle

As a kid I used to love doing jigsaws in the Christmas holidays. I’d always get one for Christmas and it would keep me busy until January. This 1000 piece puzzle is fun for kids and adults alike. I wouldn’t fancy being on that ship much though!


Nautical gifts for the home

‘Seas the Day’ coasters

This set of wooden coasters has a pretty nautical design and they come in a little wooden box to keep them tidy when they’re not in use. I’ve given up on looking after my coffee table since I had kids who draw on it and bash toy cars into it! But one day, when I have a nice table again, I’ll get some coasters like these.


Cruise ship money box

What better way to save for your next cruise than with a ship-shaped piggy bank? This ceramic money box is pretty large, so stick some quids in and you might even afford a full cruise by the time you remove the stopper.


Shell fairy lights

These battery-powered fairy lights are made of real shells and would look lovely in the bathroom, or perhaps in a conservatory. The built-in timer switches them on for 6 hours and off for 18 so you don’t need to worry about remembering to turn them on and off yourself.


Cruise accessories

Cruise accessories make the perfect practical gifts for someone going on a cruise. There are lots of cruise gadgets and gizmos which are really practical to have. Even the most regular cruisers might not have seen some of these, but they’re all really useful gifts. Take a look at these cruise essential gifts.

Hanging toiletries bag

Space can be limited in a cruise ship cabin, so this wash bag is perfect to take on a cruise thanks to the hook and space-saving design. It has loads of compartments which are all easy to access with the bag hanging from the towel rail or coat hook in your cabin bathroom. Plus, it comes in loads of different designs.


‘Cruise Life’ notebook


I use a notebook at every stage of planning my cruise. I start by noting down which cruises I’m interested in and working out the prices for various cabin. After booking, I like to plan what we’ll do in each of the ports we visit. I also make packings lists and lists of things to buy. I take a notebook with me on the ship and use it as a diary. There’s so much you can do with a notebook and this one is perfect for them all.

Full face snorkel mask

If you’re buying a present for someone going on a Caribbean cruise then this is ideal. For the price of hiring a mask and snorkel, you can get them this full face snorkel mask which is not only more comfortable than a traditional snorkel set, it also gives 180-degree views. There’s a even a mount to attach an underwater camera, should you desire.


Towel clips

Sometimes, it can be really windy at sea. Before I knew that towel clips were a thing I’ve experienced what it’s like to try to sunbathe on a cruise ship without them. There are some really cool novelty ones available, which also makes finding your sunbed much easier when everyone has the same cruise ship towel.


Waterproof phone pouch

This is a brilliant invention. Not only does this waterproof case protect your phone from water and sand, you can also use your phone while it’s in the case. Safe for depths of up to 30 metres, you can turn your phone into an underwater camera. It comes with a handy lanyard so you can’t lose it in deep water.


Mini binoculars

A pair of binoculars are great to take on a cruise so that you can admiring the distant scenery from your balcony. Or, when you spot another ship in the distance and want to know which it is. These binoculars are small enough that you can take them everywhere easily and cheap enough that you won’t mind letting the kids have a go.


Go Pro action camera

I love my Go Pro and take it on every cruise. It’s pocket-sized, tough and waterproof. The photo and video quality are both amazing. I use mine for filming cruise ship tours, as even if you have a shaky hand, the image looks smooth thanks to revolutionary self-stabilising technology.


Cruise luggage tag holders

If you’ve ever faffed around trying to fold a cruise luggage tag into the right shape and staple it to your luggage with only two hands, you’ll know what a challenge it can be. These cruise luggage tags are a game-changer. Not only do they make affixing the labels so much easier; they’re also more secure and weatherproof. Different cruise lines have different sized luggage labels, so be sure to get the right one for your cruise.


Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships Guide 2020

This best-selling book is the cruise industry bible, giving lots if advice and information to help you to choose the right cruise for you. It’s full of tips on how to save money and how to make the most of your time on board. It also contains reviews of over 300 cruise ships, grading them on service, food, entertainment and facilities.


Travel alarm clock with handy tools

Cruise cabins have no clocks in them, and the time zone can often change overnight as you sail into different time zones. Relying on your phone can be problematic as sometimes they update the time themselves and sometimes they don’t, so you can never be sure. That’s why I recommend taking a travel alarm clock. This one is tiny, but also comes with hidden tools like scissors, tweezers, a screwdriver and a bottle opener that you probably won’t need, but it can’t hurt to be prepared.


Nautical suitcase

I love the ‘it’ brand of luggage. I’ve had mine for years and they’re still looking great. Plus, they’re really lightweight. I’m a bit in love with this 8-wheel cabin bag; it’s so stylish and perfect for a cruise.


Packing cubes

Many people swear by packing cubes to keep your suitcase organised and enable you to fit more in. Personally, I’ve never tried them, but they’re all the rage so I’d certainly be up for giving them a go and would love to receive some for Christmas.


Cruise gift cards and vouchers

You may be wondering about buying a cruise gift card which can be used towards the cost of a cruise or for a treat onboard. Whilst a few cruise lines do offer gift cards, some of them, such as Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises, are only available to purchase for residents of the United States.

Carnival gift cards are available to buy. US residents can purchase physical gift cards, and international customers can purchase online gift cards with a value of $100 to $1000.

Celebrity cruises gift certificates are available only for on-board credit in multiples of $25, or a speciality restaurant credit which costs $45.

Norwegian Cruise Line is no longer offering gift cards.

Whilst giving the gift of a cruise can seem like a nice idea, cruise gift cards and vouchers can have pitfalls which come with being tied to a particular cruise line and their terms and conditions.

If you want to gift a cruise, you could instead opt for a handmade card or gift certificate detailing your promise. Or instead of on-board credit, you could gift dollars or Euros in cash which could be used to pay a balance on board, or be used to spend in ports of call.


Once you’ve chosen your gift, what better way to present it than wrapped in anchor gift wrap or a nice nautical gift bag? You can even get personalised cruise ship birthday cards!

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